London By Foot

October 29, 2011

After spending our morning and part of the afternoon at the Borough Market, we pulled out our map and started walking. Our goal was to make it to the Houses of Parliament (Big Ben) and Westminster Abbey. It was only a couple of miles, so instead of taking the bus or the train, we picked our way across the city by foot.

As we got closer, we realized that the hospital I am supposed to eventually work at was nearby, so we finally got a chance to see it. St. Thomas’ Hospital is one that has been around since the 1100’s (according to our tour guide!). It is the hospital where Florence Nightingale started the very first nursing school. Pretty cool:) I will be working on the Evelina Ward, which is a new, smaller building attached to St. Thomas’ built specifically for children. The main hospital looks a bit dated, but the Evelina Ward is a bright red brick building with tons of windows. We only got a couple of photos before the security guard shook his head at us, but it was still neat to see.

We made our way to the back side of the hospital, and were stunned to see the Houses of Parliament in front of us across the river. I’ve seen photos a thousand times, but to turn a corner and have that incredible building standing there in front of you is just something entirely different. It’s incredible. We walked along the Thames, taking pictures nonstop and giggling at the fact that we actually live here.

The rest of the day was filled with walking, walking, and more walking. We saw Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and numerous other incredible buildings that remain nameless to us. We continued walking east along the river, thinking that we would be able to make it to the big train station at London Bridge and go home. Unfortunately, our feet were killing us after walking all day, so we hopped on a bus to Shoreditch to grab some dinner. This area of town is gritty, artsy, and reminds us both of the Mission district in San Francisco. We stumbled across a little American diner, (cleverly named ‘The Diner’), and were thrilled to have some good ol’ eggs and french fries for dinner.

By the time we made it home, we had been out wandering for just over 10 hours. Our legs were tired, our bellies were full, and we went to sleep with happy thoughts of the cool city we’re living in…

If you want to see the rest of the photos from this adventure, click here.

Cool old building.
We came across this shrine for ‘The Outcast Dead’. It was a huge gate with all sorts of trinkets and ribbons tied to it in remembrance.
Art hanging outside of a pub somewhere in London:)
This was the best photo we could get of the hospital. Lots of glass and bright colors inside.
These funky sculptures are outside of The Evelina Children’s Hospital.
Our view from the back side of the hospital. Not bad…
Westminster Abbey. It was closed for the day so we didn’t get to go inside:(
 Big Ben and The London Eye at sunset.
Our delicious dinner spot:)
~Posted by the girl~